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Tamastslikt signs historic membership agreements

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UMATILLA INDIAN RESERVATION, Ore. -- In a multi-state gesture timed to pay
homage to the Lewis and Clark bicentennial commemoration and the Walla
Walla Treaty Council sesquicentennial, the Tamastslikt Cultural Institute
has entered into reciprocal membership agreements with the Oregon and
Washington state historical societies.

Among other provisions, the agreements provide free admission to their
museums for members of any one of the respective institutions.
Tamastslikt's membership includes the 2,400 enrolled members of the
Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation, which own and
operate the museum.

"Both the Lewis and Clark expedition and the Walla Walla Council were
examples of government to government relations," said Antone Minthorn,
CTUIR chairman and a signatory to the agreement. "With the anniversaries of
these events happening simultaneously, it seemed as though there was an
opportunity to make a formal gesture with regard to the relationship
between our respective historical institutions."

In a cooperative effort in 2001, the three museums joined to develop and
market "Wrapped in Tradition," an exhibit of Dale Chihuly art and heirloom
Indian blankets collected by Chihuly, according to John Chess, Tamastslikt
development officer. "Prior to and since then, the museums have provided
loans of artifacts to complement each other's offerings. These accords
build upon the relationships that these state-level institutions and our
tribally owned and operated facility have established," said Chess.

Other signatories were David L. Nicandri, director of the Washington State
Historical Society, and John C. Pierce, executive director of the Oregon
Historical Society.

Recently, Tamastslikt and the Oregon Historical Society agreed to
co-publish the tribes' soon-to-be-released history book that includes a
partnership with the University of Washington Press. Tamastslikt and the
Washington State Historical Society have also collaborated on the Walla
Walla Treaty Council exhibit now on display at Tamastslikt through the end
of the year.

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Exhibit panels from a similar installation at the Washington State History
Museum and original sketches of tribal treaty negotiators by Gustav Sohon,
who was present at the council, were loaned to Tamastslikt for the exhibit.
Umatilla tribal representatives have served on the board of Oregon
Historical Society, and Minthorn now serves on the board of the Washington
Historical Society.

As acknowledged in the agreements, they were signed "in the spirit of
collective inquiry, diverse perspectives and in recognition of those past
whose actions provide context to our daily lives and the work that we do."

The Washington State History Museum is the flagship operation of the
Washington Historical Society, located at 1911 Pacific Ave. in downtown
Tacoma, just off Interstate 5. The museum presents exhibitions, programs
and events that bring to life the stories of Washington state's history.
For more information, including hours and admission rates, call (888)
BE-THERE or visit

The Oregon Historical Society is the prime source of historical and
pre-historical information about the state of Oregon and its people. Since
1900 it has published Oregon Historical Quarterly, and its OHS Press has
published over 150 books and other publications since its formation in
1929. It holds over 85,000 artifacts and thousands of books, maps, films
and other historical sources in its research library. Its museum is located
at the corner of S.W. Jefferson and Park in downtown Portland. Visit or call (503) 222-1741.

Tamastslikt Cultural Institute is located at Wildhorse Resort & Casino, 10
minutes east of Pen-dleton. From I-84 take exit 216 and follow the signs
five minutes to Wildhorse Resort and the Institute. Coming from the north,
take the Mission exit from High-way 11 just northeast of Pen-dleton and
follow the signs for about 10 minutes to the Wildhorse Resort and the
institute. Tamastslikt is open seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. In
addition to exhibits telling the story of the three tribes' history and
culture, there is also a museum store and the Kinship Cafe.

For more information, call (541) 966-9748 or visit
Tamastslikt is owned and operated by the Confederated Tribes of the
Umatilla Indian Reservation.